Miguel de Unamuno Page

“Cure yourself of the affliction of caring how you appear to others. Concern yourself only with how you appear before God, concern yourself only with the idea that God may have of you.”

- Miguel de Unamuno

Source/Notes: "Our Lord Don Quixote: The Life of Don Quixote and Sancho, with Related Essays", Miguel Unamuno, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1967, p. 22
Richard Cecil Page

“God's way of answering the Christian's prayer for more patience, experience, hope and love often is to put him into the furnace of affliction.”

- Richard Cecil

Abdu'l-Bahá Page

“Illnesses which occur because of physical causes should be treated by doctors with medical remedies; those which are due to spiritual causes disappear through spiritual means. Thus an illness caused by affliction, fear, nervous impressions, will be healed more effectively by spiritual rather than physical treatment. Hence, both kinds of treatment should be followed; they are not contradictory.”

- Abdu'l-Bahá

Charles Spurgeon Page

“Affliction of itself does not sanctify any body, but the reverse. I believe in sanctified afflictions, but not in sanctifying afflictions.”

- Charles Spurgeon

Abu Bakr Page

“The true believer is rewarded in every thing, even in affliction.”

- Abu Bakr


Jean de la Bruyere Page

“If some persons died, and others did not die, death would be a terrible affliction.”

- Jean de la Bruyere

Source/Notes: The "Characters" of Jean de La Bruyère (Scribner & Welford, 1885), translated by Henri Van Laun, p. 290, "Of Mankind"
Bible Page

“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

- Bible

Ambrose Bierce Page

“AFFLICTION, n. An acclimatizing process preparing the soul for another and bitter world.”

- Ambrose Bierce

Eliza Cook Page

“Both beauty and ugliness are equally to be dreaded; the one as a dangerous gift, the other as a melancholy affliction.”

- Eliza Cook

John Greenleaf Whittier Page

“With silence only as their benediction, God's angels come Where in the shadow of a great affliction, The soul sits dumb!”

- John Greenleaf Whittier


Francis Atterbury Page

“Affliction is a school of virtue; it corrects levity, and interrupts the confidence of sinning.”

- Francis Atterbury

James Baldwin Page

“Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch.”

- James Baldwin

Source/Notes: Collected essays (1998 edition)
William Banting Page

“I am fully persuaded that thousands of our fellow-men might profit equally by a similar course to mine; but, constitutions not being all alike, a different course of treatment may be advisable for the removal of so tormenting an affliction.”

- William Banting

Source/Notes: Letter on Corpulence: Addressed to the Public ... Reprinted from the 3d London Ed. With a Review of the Work from Blackwood's Magazine, and an Article on Corpulency & Leanness from Harper's Weekly (1865 edition)
Max Beerbohm Page

“I have known no man of genius who had not to pay, in some affliction or defect either physical or spiritual, for what the gods had given him.”

- Max Beerbohm

Source/Notes: No. 2, The Pines (1914) - And Even Now (1920)
Christian Nestell Bovee Page

“As threshing separates the wheat from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue.”

- Christian Nestell Bovee


Barbara Deming Page

“Our task, of course, is to transmute the anger that is affliction into the anger that is determination to bring about change. I think, in fact, that one could give that as a definition of revolution.”

- Barbara Deming

Source/Notes: We cannot live without our lives (1974 edition)
John Donne Page

“Affliction is a treasure, and scarce any man hath enough of it.”

- John Donne